Alresford Community Choir
Alresford Community Choir

Concert News

Alresford Watercress Festival 2018

A View From the Inside
 

Alresford Community Choir loves to perform and performing at the Alresford Watercress Festival is just little bit special.  If at midday you had made your way through the Morris jingling, ice-cream slurping, salad clutching crowds from Broad Street, you may have found yourself in the cool bustle of St John’s Church.  There we had assembled ourselves in the chancel (staging-free, for this was an informal concert), straining slightly to find an adequate view of our dedicated conductor, Keith.

 

Accompanied by piano enchantress Kate, our repertoire was composed of popular pieces from erstwhile concerts...which were somewhat fuzzy in our minds, our primary focus being July’s sensation, Spirit of Summer. Fearing failing memories, we somewhat tentatively launched into Burt Bacharach’s, Close to You, our reticence quickly dissipating as the familiar harmonies began to return.  We swayed blissfully through the ‘echoing rocks’ of My Wheel and I, written by the choir’s exceptional Honorary President, Alexander Lestrange, arriving at some recent favourites from Vivaldi’s Gloria, which we sent resonating through the church with fervour.

 

By this time, our animated conductor, arms flailing commandingly, was aglow. With secretive gestures only a choir could decode, he commented on our progress; a wide, fleeting grin reminded us to sing brightly, a covert thumbs up praised us, a momentary stare prompted us to watch.

 

It is a pleasure to see audiences come alive to familiar songs such as Dancing Queen and Thank you for the Music, but you may have also noticed some choir members unable to resist, merrily jigging along with you.  We were in our element as we launched into a medley encapsulating the glory of West Side Story, complete with dodgy Puerto Rican accents, ardent declarations for ‘Maria’, whoops and cheers.

 

The choir has recently lost three Basses who are remembered with huge affection, so How Lovely are Thy Dwellings and You Raise Me Up were sung in their precious memories.  These are emotional pieces and the choir sung them with passion, ending our concert on a more thoughtful, poignant note.

 

You may have seen us wiggling our numb toes and massaging our aching legs whilst you applauded enthusiastically, but have no doubt that we had thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The skies were blue, Alresford was abuzz with life and we had just sung our hearts out.  If along the way the Tenors had missed an entry, no-one was worried, for this was Alresford Watercress Festival...and as we all know, performing at the Alresford Watercress Festival is just a little bit special.  

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We are rehearsing hard so that our next performance, Spirit of Summer  will be spectacular!  We'd love to see you in the audience.

Spirit of Summer

Our next concert -
Saturday 7th July, 2018

 
Come and join us for a celebration of summer, in the beautiful setting of St John’s Church, for an evocative programme of songs from the old and new worlds. The concert will start at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from Oakleaf Stationery, Alresford and via this website.

Rehearsals

Our next rehearsals:

 

Summer Term

 

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Monday

4th June 2018

 

7pm Sopranos

7:30 - 9:30pm

Full Choir

 

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Monday

11th June 2018

 

7pm Tenors and Basses

7:30 - 9:30pm

Full Choir

 

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Monday

18th June 2018

 

7:30 - 9:30pm

Full Choir

 

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Monday

25th June 2018

 

7pm Sops and Altos

7:30 - 9:30pm

Full Choir

 

 

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Monday

2nd July 2018

 

7pm Tenors and Basses

7:30 - 9:30pm

Full Choir

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Monday evening rehearsals are held in 

St John's Church 

New Alresford

Our Address:

Alresford Community Choir

7 Spring Way

Alresford

Hampshire

SO24 9LN

Tel: 01962 734858

Join Us!

We have now enjoyed many concerts, since our first practice session in January 2012. We have been incredibly busy and have maintained a very healthy membership of more than 120 singers.

At the beginning of each term is the best time to join the choir...but do not hesitate to come along at any time and let us know that you are interested. Or you can contact us via this link below:

 

 

join@alresfordchoir.com

 

 

and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We will be delighted to meet you and will give you a very warm welcome!

 

 

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